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Help Your Business To Thrive

Thrive is a fully funded specialist start up incubation programme supporting health, wellbeing and lifescience innovators, and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into a sustainable business.

Based at The Glass Box in the heart of Huddersfield you will get direct access to a range of fully funded support from specially selected partner organisations who will share their expertise, knowledge and skills to accelerate your growth potential.

Thrive is designed to help you develop your idea, launch and growth your business in Kirklees.

Support includes a collaborative-learning workshop and masterclass programme delivered by subject experts, with cohorts commencing April 2024 and October 2024.  The programme covers business planning, models and management; customer profiling; developing your health and wellbeing product or service; the healthcare landscape; marketing and branding; finance and funding; investment and funding readiness.

Along with these workshops Thrive support provides:

  • Mentoring
  • Workspace
  • Grants
  • Networking, events and talks
  • Knowledge exchange opportunities

*The range of support you receive will be dependent on your joining date


Starting on April 24 the programme is now open for expressions of interest. Individuals and existing businesses (including alternative business models) can apply.

Are you:

  • A pre-start, start-up or early-stage enterprise up to 3 years old, with less than 10 employees?
  • Developing products or services with applications that deliver better health, wellbeing and social care outcomes, tackle health inequalities, or support people to live healthier lives? For example this might include activities in preventative health, healthy ageing, diagnostics, assistive technology, increasing understanding of conditions, or delivery of social care.
  • Based in Kirklees or willing to establish business in Kirklees?

If you answered yes to all the above, then Thrive could be right for you.


If you’d like a preliminary conversation with one of our team, please email [email protected]


Quote ‘Thrive enquiry’ and provide your name and telephone number.

Apply to Thrive

Our April workshop programme is now full.


Applications will open again during summer 2024 for our October workshop programme.


To register your interest and be notified when applications are live, please email [email protected] quoting ‘register interest’. Thrive will then contact you once applications have opened again.

Next steps

Step 1 Your application will be reviewed by the Thrive team

Step 2 Thrive will contact you to arrange an interview, either in person or virtually, to discuss the programme and your business idea, or to explain why we don’t feel you would be the right fit for Thrive at this time

Step 3 If it’s agreed that Thrive is right for you, we will confirm the next steps including workspace and welcome arrangements.

The not-so small print

  • This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
  • Thrive starts in April 2024 and runs for one year until 31st March 2025.
  • Workspace is at The Glass Box, 6 Friendly Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1RD and offered at no cost to the participant for the duration of the programme.
  • To maximise the benefits of participating in Thrive, participants will be expected to locate themselves for at least part of the working week at The Glass Box and to commit to attending workshops and accessing mentoring.
  • Participants can join the programme at any time up to October 2024.
  • Grants are subject to an application process. Terms and conditions apply and will be made available once a participant has joined Thrive.
  • Access to the range of support available is dependent on the date a participant joins the programme.

Thrive is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.  The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

For more information visit UK Shared Prosperity Fund: prospectus – GOV.UK (

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